Thursday, May 28, 2015

My Top 5 Couponing Mistakes!

The meaning of thrifty: (of a person or their behavior) using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully.

When I first started my couponing journey I thought it would be as easy as cutting out coupons and going to the store. This is a very common misconception for new couponers. Shopping with coupons does, believe it or not, take practice. And lots of patience. Not only patience with yourself in a new learning process but patience with those around you. You have other customers around you and the cashiers who have to deal with you price matching and using large amounts of coupons. So be patient with them and kind and they will more than likely return the favor.

I want to talk about some couponing mistakes that most new comers tend to always make. Learn these mistakes in order to avoid doing them. This will make couponing so much more worthwhile and more fun. I learned all these mistakes the hard way. Trust me, it's much better to read about them and avoid them than dealing with the frustration of doing them.
  1. Buying items just because they are on sale or you have the coupons for them - This concept was hard for me to get over. I always was in the mindset of needing to buy the item because I could get a pretty good deal on it. But what is the point of buying it if you don't really need it or use it? Get only what you need or else you will find yourself spending more money than you normally would. Which would defeat the whole purpose of couponing.
  2. Buying the item when the correct price doesn't ring up or the coupons don't work - Big no no! There is nothing wrong with telling the cashier you no longer wish to purchase that item. I don't know how many times I have had this happen, when my coupon didn't work for the item I was trying to purchase and I had to decide whether to get the item or not, to save me from the embarrassment. Just kindly tell the cashier you don't want the item if the coupon doesn't work or the price is much higher than you thought.
  3. Not taking ALL of your coupons with you - when you go into the store with your whole trip planned down to a T you only think to bring the coupons that you are going to use, right? Well what happens if you come across a deal on something that you need but you forgot to bring the rest of your coupons? Disaster! So, when you go to the store bring all of your coupons with you. It is good to have a good system of filing your coupons to make bringing them to the store an easier process.
  4. Not reading the fine print on the coupon - This is something that can be detrimental to your whole shopping trip. You might miss the part that says, "Only 1 like coupon per transaction." Or something to that degree. It can throw off everything you had planned. So be sure to read the fine print and understand what it means as well. I wrote a post about using coupons that might have some helpful information on understanding some of the fine print:
  5. Letting good coupons expire - I don't know how many times I have planned on using a great coupon but put off using it for a few weeks. When I finally find a good deal to use it on, I discover the coupon expired just a few days ago. Bummer! Don't make this mistake. Try to come up with some sort of system of filing your coupons so that you know what is going to expire soon so you can use that awesome coupon.
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Do you have any couponing mistakes you would like to add? Have you ever learned any mistakes from experience? Please leave comments!


1 comment:

  1. I have been guilty of most of these at some point! Coupons used to burn a hole in my pocket and I felt like I HAD to use them! I really had to change my mindset about coupons. I have a handy little coupon clutch that stays in my purse, so I always have all my coupons with me. It works really well for me!